Cafe AMAN

Notes from Mady

THIS IS HISTORICAL INFORMATION ONLY


July 8, 2004

Dear Folkdance Friends,

Café AMAN is here! It is a way for our crowd to come together to share our mutual love. It happens on the 2nd Saturday of the month at Café Danssa -- on Pico Blvd in West L.A. We begin at 7:30 p.m. and finish at 10:30 p.m. If it goes well, we can renegotiate the time with our lovely hosts, Dave Blume and Carolyn Hester for more time.

Until we get going really well, if you want a particular dance, we ask that you bring a tape or CD with you. Otherwise, we beg your understanding and patience while we get our act together.

There is no food for sale at Danssa but there are drinks, which include water, soft drinks, beer and wine, and coffee. We can bring snacks to share this time, and if this works well, we can ask Dave to let us add this to our evening.

Read the parking signs, as the ticket fairy is active all the time in this neighborhood. I have had a few large tickets and I believe they would not hesitate to tow!

WE ENVISION THIS AS OUR EVENING COLLECTIVELY.
WE NEED YOU TO MAKE IT COME ALIVE AND WE WELCOME YOUR INPUT.

Yiassas,

Mady and Ian

* Teachers and musicians are volunteering for the time being. The entrance fee of $7 goes directly to pay the rent. We are very lucky to have Dave on our side. If you know someone who would like to teach or play music, please give us the information. Thanks.


September 13, 2004

Dear Dick,

Just a quick note to thank you for publicizing Café AMAN in such grand style!

We had another terrific event Saturday night September 11th. Paul Sheldon came down to "guest host" the evening. He brushed up Floricica Olteneasca (the whole dance) and Buchimish (the last step). "The Baksheesh Boys" played 1 hr-long+ set, and Tamar Seeman joined them for the last segment with her magic clarino.

There were 75 people in attedance and dancing began at 7:30 p.m., and went on solidly until nearly 11:15 p.m. Many experienced dancers come to Café AMAN, so there are many leaders available for the more complicated dances. And since these days, some of us have "senior moments", we all help each other remember the steps, and the rhythms. The energy in the room is HIGH VOLTAGE to be sure.

While we bill the guest host as teacher, he/she is really coming to "share material" or to brush up old dusty dances. So the teaching is really done quickly. For example, David Katz (who joined us for the evening) had asked Paul for a "redoux" of Floricica. He did so in 20 minutes, and later in the evening worked on the last step of Buchimish, which the "Baksheesh Boys" had on their playlist.

If beginners come - there are a handful each time - they are welcome. People give them leads on finding beginner classes in their areas. Intermediate dancers will catch most of the material in large friendly lines. I have yet to see anyone "hog the lead." Paul encouraged many different leaders, and stayed in 2nd or 3rd spot to spark the "kefi" in the leader and the line.

Our Café Danssa Hosts, as always, are a pleasure to work with. The Blume family truly knock themselves out to make sure we are as comfortable in the space as we can be!

Hope you and Carol will make it to Café AMAN when you come next to Southern California.

All for now!

Love,
Mady